The headline for this week has been apan-organisationcollaboration(BBCR&D, UX&D and iPlayer team) to createBBC Together, available onBBC Taster. You can read about iton the R&D blogbut the tl;dr is“Have you ever wanted to watch or listen to a BBC programme with your friends,synchronised, so you can chat about it? Now you can.” You’re welcome. A heroic effort across all teams and a great example of collaboration across different parts of the organisation.
Meanwhile, work across our core teams continues:
A piece of work happening with our pals inBBC News Labsis drawing to a close - looking at the architecture and interface for exploring segmented audio for News production.
As theSynthetic Voice & Personality Studywraps up we’re looking at different approaches to analysing the data. The team are currently writing up the work and we’ll be sharing more about this soon - including the design approach, findings and(hopefully)some code!
We’re also taking some time to reassess the priorities as a team and plan out the rest of the year.
The Data team are on a reading week.
Internet & Society
The Internet & Society team are working on a COVID-19 study, a collaboration with UX&D and our colleagues in FXT. The aim of this study is to understand how young peoples’ lives and uses of technology and media are changing during the COVID-19 crisis. We want to use these insights to help identify relevant problems and to develop ideas for new projects(particularlyin the area ofNew Forms of Value).
The study is running for four weeks with 36 participants. Participants will be asked to complete various cultural probe tasks throughout, including writing letters, drawing and submitting photos and videos. The study will also ask participants to create and reflect on‘datapostcards’ around particular themes, such as social connection and mentalwellbeing (inspiredby theDear Data project).
Chris has been contributing to the W3C CSS Working Group on media queries for video rendering capabilities, as well as some proposed changes to the HTML spec to clarify the expected timing accuracy oftext track cue events, used for captioning and timed metadata.